6 years, 3 months on Open Salon__________________________


New York, New York,
April 22


An homage here to the Mac which was introduced on 1/24/84!

When I first read news accounts in 1983 of the new Apple computer that was close to release I said "I need one!" I already owned an Apple IIe and had made good use of that with word processing,… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2014 9:27PM

Open Call: Crush 2.0


This evening I read Lyle Elmgren's wonderful post from last June about the magic of handwritten letters and could instantly relate to his pen pal experience.

My story starts in July, 1971 when I was at a three week art camp in the Adirondacks that was under the auspices of… Read full post »

JANUARY 18, 2014 9:53PM

Open Call: Your first crush


Tomorrow is the two year mark for the series I've been running about senior year at art school and in light of that anniversary I am posting another open call.

Since the last open call posted on January 8th there have been no changes to the cover nor have their… Read full post »


A year ago my son's high school started up its various programs and forums for juniors interested in college.

Having attended every program in the school auditorium since last winter I have been fascinated by how much new information there was to learn since I was in high school and… Read full post »




Note: this is my fictional story related to the open call I posted on January 8th.




It was July, 2012 and Annapolis, Maryland was my home base. I had spent six years away at college with the most recent stint… Read full post »


For any OSers interested in a personal Open Call as the starting point for a literary post here's my idea: write about how you met your S.O. through Ebay--satire, fact, and fiction--all welcome. The web is full of stories about how people have met in a million different ways, but… Read full post »


I was viewing some jazz videos on YouTube earlier today when I came across this Lee Ritenour gem from 1997. I've been to a number of jazz concerts over the years and seen a lot of videos, as well, but this is the first time I've spotted a lady drummer… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2014 9:41PM

Coffee, tea, and Bucky, part one


March 8, 1977 was another in a string of days that continued the warming trend that was moving us out of winter. For over a week we didn't need to wear our heavy winter jackets during the day.

Maria (pronounced like "Mariah") and I both had our… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2014 8:38PM

Message from the editor


This is a encore performance post from 12/28/12. A year ago Open Salon was plagued by technical glitches of the highest order and many had abandoned the site. It was a feat simply to post new stories and comment. Obviously, the glitches are gone and many have returned but not… Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2013 9:50PM

The caffeine scene, part eight


March 7, 1977, a Monday and a school day...Maria and I walked together down Benefit Street to our respective classes. Just like most days, we'd meet up for lunch and then head off to our afternoon classes.

We had a plan in mind for around 4:00 that… Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2013 4:33PM

The caffeine scene, part seven


It was the early morning of March 6th, 1977 and unlike the previous two days there would be no movies to see at Brown University later in the day. "Who's That Knocking At My Door" was being shown again for a second night, but there was no… Read full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2013 6:16PM

The caffeine scene, part six


March 5th, 1977, a day which was apparently destined to be memorable for my girlfriend Maria and moi because it has taken several Open Salon posts to cover it.

We were now into the early evening hours of the day with dinner preparations underway. Maria was… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2013 8:01PM

The caffeine scene, part five


As the story rolls along here, it was still Saturday, March 5th, 1977. To briefly recap, the previous installment discussed mind melds and a trip to Star Market were the earlier orders of business that day. Wedged in between lunch and plans to see two films playing… Read full post »


Just as Julian Assange was passed over for Person of the Year, so it is with Edward Snowden...







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DECEMBER 1, 2013 9:02PM

The caffeine scene, part four

In the aftermath of having seen two films the night before, one at our college, RISD, and later at midnight at Brown, we arose the next morning earlier than predicted...around 8:00. Shortly before Maria woke up she had a dream that involved waiting for a subway train and… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2013 12:51PM

Tiny shopping list


I found this small shopping list in a cart out in the parking lot of the supermarket I shop at earlier in the week. I'm always writing lists on little pieces of paper like this one so it was fun to compare notes. Frozen artichokes and salad...two staples of my… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2013 3:48PM

Turkey photos from this afternoon


A selection of photos of a small group of seven turkeys we've been feeding since last spring. These photos were taken about an hour ago when the gang showed up at the spot where I keep the birdseed for their daily snack. In the past few years we had a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2013 7:35PM

George Carlin does poetry



Coming shortly after "Rodney Dangerfield does poetry" here's another fav of mine. Less comedy material to choose from that was accessible for poetry purposes than with Rodney, but George still packs a nice punch.




A Happy Thanksgiving to all Open Salonistas!

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I caught this story in the New York Daily News a few hours ago and was taken surprised to read how a "prank" in a car full of kids coming back from the Jersey shore turned into a fatality for the prankster. Click on the image below for the full… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2013 6:24PM

"Happy trails" neighbors!


Several decades back in time our neighborhood in upstate New York had just a handful of neighbors, but starting in the '90s that changed when a 49 lot subdivision was given the green light and houses started to be built by a developer. This subdivision bordered our farm to the… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2013 8:39PM

The caffeine scene, part three


In an interesting convergence of past and present I start this latest installment with some photos of last Saturday's National Portfolio Day at Purchase College (part of the State of New York University system and a college I was very close to applying to in '71… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2013 8:38PM

Rodney Dangerfield does poetry


My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.
I worked in a pet store and people kept asking how big I'd get.



I tell ya, my wife was… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 14, 2013 5:04PM

Aw, bad poetry, and a cat


In memory of OS's popular feature from the early days called "Aw" that used to be a very popular open call, here's aw!



Hey up there on the tripod!

I'm calling you as I pull off the headphones of my iPod

I heard… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2013 9:34PM

The caffeine scene, part two


February 28, 1977 was a school day that started out for us at midnight with three hours left on a school project I was scrambling to finish. The project was completed and after that we had about 3 1/2 hours sleep before it was time to rise… Read full post »